Jungle duo J and T hit it big with ‘Busy Earnin’, a song which ushered in the sound of the summer before the season was actually here. Now that the sun is in the air (disclaimer: I can’t be held responsible for presence/or lack of aforementioned sun), Jungle are back to claim it once more…. Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2014

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Introducing your debut album with a statement that suggests discarding hip-hop legacy when comparing today’s new generation of rappers is both brazen and commendable. It’s a statement of intent from New York’s Ratking: Wiki, Hak and elder producer Sporting Life. They might be trying to escape the weight of Biggie, but they cross paths with… Read more »

Posted on April 11th, 2014

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RatKing first popped up here last week with their King Krule-featuring track ‘So Sick Stories’ and their XL/Hot Charity-released album So It Goes is out this week and well worth your investigation if you like grimey Danny Brown meets Rawkus meets Company Flow NYC hip-hop. Check out the great NYC-set video by Eric K. Yue… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2014

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One of my highlights of Glasto this year was King Krule’s set on the Park stage. Having followed the kid for a few years now, it was great to hear Archy Marshall’s rasp in real life especially as it was backed by a band of his peers who were an able match for his nuanced… Read more »

Posted on July 10th, 2013

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Bobby Womack

After Richard Russell and XL helped Gil Scott-Heron’s discography end on a high note before he passed away almost exactly a year ago with I’m New Here and the subsequent Jamie xx-assisted remix album, the label turned their attention to another musical legend who had struggled through drug issues, Bobby Womack. The process of re-invigorating… Read more »

Posted on June 8th, 2012

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Of all the musically-challenged groups to appear over the last few years, The Horrors were perhaps one of the most offensive. Their cartoonish style and unfathomable NME support were laughable to me. This band were generally annoying. Even an attempt at reaching for greatness by working with Chris Cunningham on the video for ‘Sheena Was… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2009

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